I was sent a survey yesterday by officers in the Civic Centre asking my opinion on facilities and accommodation for councillors in Gateshead Civic Centre. Was I satisfied with what we had? Were improvements needed?
Now is hardly the time to be considering investing in better accommodation for councillors. This should be at the bottom of the list of priorities. I wrote back:
Given the current financial circumstances, the demands on council resources and rising unemployment in the borough, I feel it would be very inappropriate at this stage to refurbish members' accommodation.
I'll keep you posted on whether or not my views have any impact.